TA shows off its skills at arms

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SOLDIERS from the Territorial Army showed what they could do at a national event in Surrey.

Last weekend, Territorial Signalers from 1 Signal Squadron in Bletchley took part in the Skill at Arms meet at Bisley Camp in Surrey alongside hundreds of their peers from across the country.

Corporal Ian Hackford was one of those who was taking part in the event for the first time.

He said: “It was good and the team did really well up against some really tough competition.

“We didn’t win any big prizes but we certainly didn’t let the Regiment down.”

Many of those taking part have played an important role in supporting operations in Afghanistan.

More than 1,400 reservists have been mobilised and integrated into the regular forces for a number of key operations, some of which are still going on.

During the three-day competition the soldiers’ shooting skills were tested in various combat scenarios that they would be likely to encounter in battle.

Using an army standard issue SA30 rifle the challenges included hitting targets ranging from 26 to 200 metres, firing at targets after a 500 metre sprint, shooting while weighted down with camouflage webbing and also while wearing body armour.

> For details about joining the territorial or regular Army call 01233 645161 or visit www.armyjobs.mod.uk/south.